Definition of sneeze in English:

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Pronunciation: /sniːz/


[no object]
Make a sudden involuntary expulsion of air from the nose and mouth due to irritation of one’s nostrils: the smoke made her sneeze
More example sentences
  • The same pressure may cause you to leak urine when sneezing, coughing or laughing.
  • Colds typically spread through infected respiratory droplets coughed or sneezed into the air.
  • The flu virus is usually spread in the small droplets of saliva coughed or sneezed into the atmosphere by an infected person.


An act or the sound of sneezing: he stopped a sudden sneeze
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  • Suddenly, more sounds of sneezes reached my ears as Angela and Sara pounded into my room, both their noses tinged slightly pink and twitching, rabbit-like.
  • Just then, from the sleeping alcove, came the unmistakable sound of sneezes.
  • The sound of the sneeze seemed to break everyone else out of their concentration as everyone else was staring at their direction.


not to be sneezed at

informal Not to be rejected without careful consideration; worth having or taking into account: a saving of £550 was not to be sneezed at
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  • I'm not prejudging the result of the investigation but £70,000 is not to be sneezed at for them.
  • Fuel consumption figures for the combined cycle are a healthy 49 mpg - not to be sneezed at, especially with ever-increasing petrol prices.
  • It also accounts for about 20% of industrial employment, which is not to be sneezed at given the strong presence of multinationals in the sector.
worth having, considerable, substantial, sizeable, fairly large, largish, biggish, significant;
fairly good, passable, reasonable, moderately good, not bad, worth taking into account
informal OK



Example sentences
  • The goal is to help organizations launch great products by bringing them directly to the sneezers who can spread the word.
  • Avoid close contact, especially with sneezers or coughers.
  • Always begin by infecting your core audience of sneezers.


adjective (sneezier, sneeziest)
Example sentences
  • Allergies make people dopey and sleepy as well as sneezy.
  • I'm either having some kind of major allergy attack or coming down with an extremely sneezy cold, so in between constant sneezing and antihistamine-induced drowsiness, I'm good for very little right now.
  • There are some sensible ways to get over a miserable, runny, achy-breaky, head-full-of-gunge, coughy, sneezy, won't-go-away cold, and I do not recommend this as one of them.


Middle English: apparently an alteration of Middle English fnese due to misreading or misprinting (after initial fn- had become unfamiliar), later adopted because it sounded appropriate.

  • When we get a cold we should really start fneezing rather than sneezing. This is because the word comes from medieval English fnese. People were not used to seeing the fn- combination at the beginning of a word by then, and someone must have mistaken f for the long medieval s, which looked like an f without a cross bar, and written it down as sn- instead.

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